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Death is defined as The termination or extinction of something Edgar Allen Poe uses this description in The Fall of the House of Usher in different ways Poes intention when writing The Fall of the House of Usher was not to present a moral lesson or truth to the reader he was simply trying to bring forth a sense of terror to the reader Poes mind works this way and critics believe this statement especially when related to this story Poe is grouped with other writers in the Romantic period Writers of this period focused on life emotions and the existence of the human race Although Poes work has many characteristics of Romanticism The Fall of the House of Usher falls into the Gothic category It is usually admired for its atmosphere and for its exquisitely artificial manipulation of Gothic claptrap and decor Bringing forth the symbolism of death is a major part of this writing All of the characters in The Fall of the House of Usher are linked to death by physical objects or by other people There are no symbols of absolute good The physical aspect of the House of Usher symbolizes death in the chain of events during the story Even Poes description of the house has deadly characteristics Poe describes the house as having eye-like windows and being covered by minute fungihanging in a fine tangled web-work from the eaves a barely perceptible fissure which extending from the roof of the building in front made its way down the wall in a zigzag direction until it became lost in the sullen waters of the tarn This fissure is presented to the reader early in the story to represent that Rodericks love for his twin sister Madeline was dying because she was suffering from a mysterious malady or disease that baffled her doctors This caused Roderick to be emotionally and physically depressed and was described as a madman at
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